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2023 F1

Aston Martin technical boss not surprised top teams sticking with ‘concept’

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Dan Fallows One of the Aston Martin F1 Racing Team miracle men

Dan Fallows says he’s not surprised that Mercedes and Ferrari are sticking with the ‘concept’ of their respective 2023 cars in order to catch Red Bull.

The centrepiece of Ferrari’s upgraded car for Imola is new rear suspension, while a major upgrade for Mercedes is being played down by team boss Toto Wolff.

“We fear that there is something in our car that we don’t understand,” Wolff told Auto Motor und Sport. “That’s why our goal with the upgrade is to eliminate certain variables.

“We want to finally get a stable platform that we can then develop further,” he added.

It is expected that the upgrade will include new sidepods, but although the flawed Mercedes cars of 2023 and 2023 have featured the ‘no sidepod’ look, the fundamental concept is not being discarded.

“It’s a major upgrade,” Wolff admitted. “But in my 15 years in Formula 1, I’ve never seen anyone suddenly come up with a magic bullet that suddenly gives you half a second.

“But we know how to upgrade a car, so we’ll see relatively quickly whether the result matches the simulations. At any rate, the upgrade will show us the direction in which we need to go.”

Some, however, think Ferrari and Mercedes would have been wiser to completely discard their 2023 car concepts and just ‘copy’ the Red Bull fundamentals.

But Dan Fallows, the former Red Bull aerodynamics chief who is now technical boss at Aston Martin, is not surprised they are staying the course.

“As soon as you take a direction in the aerodynamic concept, it is very difficult to change anything substantial,” he is quoted by motorsport-total.com.

“You have to be convinced from the outset that it is the right direction. There are conceptual differences between us, Ferrari and Mercedes, but we currently all have a similar pace.

“So it would be difficult to argue that those two teams have gone in the wrong direction and need to change something. The more time that passes, the more difficult it becomes to actually change the concept,” Fallows added.

2023 F1

Monaco GP 2023 – Race Results

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Max Verstappen secures his fourth victory of 2023 as he crosses the finish line. Verstappen now holds an impressive 39 wins at Red Bull, surpassing Sebastian Vettel’s team record. The Dutchman adds another triumph in Monaco to his name, marking his second win at the prestigious race. Furthermore, his championship lead extends to 39 points, solidifying his position at the top.

DriverTeamPoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing25
2Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Racing18
3Esteban OconAlpine15
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes13
5George RussellMercedes10
6Charles LeclercFerrari8
7Pierre GaslyAlpine6
8Carlos SainzFerrari4
9Lando NorrisMcLaren2
10Oscar PiastriMcLaren1
11Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo
12Nyck de Vries Scuderia Alpha Tauri
13Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo
14Alex AlbonWilliams
15Yuki TsunodaScuderia Alpha Tauri
16Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing
17Nico HulkenbergHaas F1 Team
18Logan SargeantWilliams
19Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team
20Lance StrollAston Martin Racing

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2023 F1

Monaco GP 2023 – Qualifying Results

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Fernando Alonso comes agonizingly close to securing pole position, but in a breathtaking display, Max Verstappen snatches it away with a sensational final sector.

PosDriverTeamQ1Q2Q3Laps
1Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing1:12.3861:11.9081:11.36530
2Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Racing1:12.8861:12.1071:11.44925
3Charles LeclercFerrari1:12.9121:12.1031:11.47126
4Esteban OconAlpine1:12.9671:12.2481:11.55326
5Carlos SainzFerrari1:12.7171:12.2101:11.63028
6Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:12.8721:12.1561:11.72530
7Pierre GaslyAlpine1:13.0331:12.1691:11.93325
8George RussellMercedes1:12.7691:12.1511:11.96429
9Yuki TsunodaScuderia Alpha Tauri1:12.6421:12.2491:12.08229
10Lando NorrisMcLaren1:12.8771:12.3771:12.25423
11Oscar PiastriMcLaren1:13.0061:12.39522
12Nyck de Vries Scuderia Alpha Tauri1:13.0541:12.42820
13Alex AlbonWilliams1:12.7061:12.52719
14Lance StrollAston Martin Racing1:12.7221:12.62319
15Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo1:13.0381:12.62522
16Logan SargeantWilliams1:13.11313
17Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team1:13.2709
18Nico HulkenbergHaas F1 Team1:13.2798
19Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1:13.52313
20Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing1:13.8504

Alonso appeared poised to claim the top spot, but Verstappen unleashed a remarkable performance in Sector 3, achieving a purple time and narrowly edging out the Aston Martin driver by a mere 0.084 seconds.

Q2 Knock-out

Once again, Hamilton manages to secure his passage with a remarkable final lap!

Despite not having his tires in the optimal condition he desired, Hamilton showcases his prowess by delivering a crucial lap precisely when it counts. This performance lands him a respectable fifth place in the session, closely trailing his teammate George Russell.

“Man, this car is incredibly challenging to drive, mate,” remarks Hamilton, highlighting the demanding nature of his racing machine.

Q3 Knock-out

Max Verstappen asserts his dominance with an impressive display across three rapid sectors, clocking in at 18.804, 34.148, and 19.086. This remarkable performance results in a time of 1:12.038, which stands as the fastest lap of the entire weekend thus far.

Pierre Gasly delivers an outstanding lap, securing the second position just 0.131 seconds behind Verstappen. Following closely are Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon, and Carlos Sainz, completing the top five contenders.

Facing setbacks in their tire strategy, Lewis Hamilton finds himself utilizing the same set of tires from Q1 for his initial attempts as Mercedes aims to realign their track plan. As of now, he occupies the 11th spot and holds the distinction of being the final driver to have established a proper lap time in Q2.

Hamilton’s teammate, George Russell, sits one place ahead in the rankings.

Last year winner, Sergio Perez’s loss of control at Turn 1, resulting in a forceful collision with the barriers that abruptly concluded his qualifying session.

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Monaco GP 2023 – Practice 2 Results

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Wrapping up the day, Max Verstappen claimed the leading position on the timesheets, concluding a mere 0.065 seconds ahead of local hero Charles Leclerc.

DriverTeamTime
1Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing1:12.462
2Charles LeclercFerrari1:12.527
3Carlos SainzFerrari1:12.569
4Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Racing1:12.682
5Lando NorrisMcLaren1:12.906
6Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:12.960
7Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing1:12.991
8Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo1:13.050
9Pierre GaslyAlpine1:13.089
10Esteban OconAlpine1:13.162
11Lance StrollAston Martin Racing1:13.185
12George RussellMercedes1:13.191
13Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1:13.354
14Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team1:13.457
15Nico HulkenbergHaas F1 Team1:13.520
16Yuki TsunodaScuderia Alpha Tauri1:13.641
17Nyck de Vries Scuderia Alpha Tauri1:13.663
18Oscar PiastriMcLaren1:13.673
19Alex AlbonWilliams1:14.217
20Logan SargeantWilliams1:14.238

Carlos Sainz, who set the pace in the opening practice session, unfortunately encountered a setback as he ended his session in the barriers at the exit of La Piscine.

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso secured the fourth position in his Aston Martin, with the top four drivers being separated by a mere 0.220 seconds.

Mercedes introduced their highly anticipated upgrade package; however, Lewis Hamilton struggled to replicate his third-place finish from FP1, slipping down to sixth position. George Russell, on the other hand, concluded the session in 12th place.

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AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI APR 28 FP1 13:30- 14:30
FRI APR 28 QUALI 17:00 - 18:00
SAT APR 29 FP2 13:30 - 14:30
SAT APR 29 SPRINT 17:30 - 18:30
SUN APR 30 RACE 15:00 - 18:00

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